Theses and Dissertations - UTB/UTPA

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. Rob E. Johnson

Second Advisor

Dr. Rene Saldana Jr.

Third Advisor

Jose Skinner


This book is in many ways autobiographical, but at the same time attempts to tell the story of the many silent characters that have long been omitted from most works on border life. By “silent characters” I am referring to those who operate on the margins of a marginalized society. The reader will be allowed to glimpse inside the life of a social group that values silence and indifference as basic survival skills.

It is this value on silence and indifference that have forced these stories to go unrecorded for so long. Aside from meeting my thesis requirements, it is my sincerest wish for this book to draw out similar stories from those who have shared these experiences so that an accurate and complete literary portrait of the Valley and its peoples can finally begin to take form.


Copyright 2004 Juan Ochoa. All Rights Reserved.

Granting Institution

University of Texas-Pan American